[13:40] So a lot went on in December. It started with a lovely dinner at
Shaun's house with him and his family. The first time I'd been out for a
social event in quite some time. I cycled there and back in the dark,
which was also quite fun (as the weather was nice and it's a quiet set of
dark roads so I got to use my good bike lights). Rachel went back and forth
to her newer house a few times, as well as down to London now and then. I
visited a few times and was there when the first bed (for the spare room)
arrived, which meant only one night of sleeping on the floor on an inflatable
mattress, which my older bones were thankful for. I even got to help light
the first fire (after having someone come to ensure the log-burner and flue
were safe). I had my third COVID-19 vaccination, and again wasn't troubled
by any side effects, which was nice, but a bit disconcerting as I was waiting
for the other shoe to drop for a day or so.
Christmas started off at Rachel's mother's house with her brother's family
coming down before Christmas to see us all (Rachel's aunt and partner come
for Christmas up from Cornwall) before spending actual Christmas in their
just-finished-rennovating house. Christmas itself was quiet, and I got to
give Rachel lots of useful things for her and her house, although the main
present was damaged in transit from (it turns out) Italy, so I had to have
another delivered, which only arrived about four days ago. Reportedly it's
fine, but nobody has my OCD when it comes for checking for damage, so I'm
going to have to give it the once-over the next time I'm there. After
Christmas Day and so forth Rachel and I headed over to see my parents in
Manchester and overlapped with seeing my brother and his son for a meal.
That was really lovely. After that we had a few lovely days with my parents
which culminated in us (Rachel really!) making dinner on my mother's birthday.
We were back in Rachel's house for New Year's Eve (in bed before midnight,
but awake at the turn of the year), then with Rachel's mother for New Year's
Day. We headed back to my place on the 2nd and then Rachel went back to her
northern home a few days later.
Some time in that period just after new year happened (probably when I went
to the gym for the first time this year) I managed to contract something
grim from someone. Two LFTs say it isn't COVID-19, but I'm going to take
another one the day before Rachel's due (Thursday). It left me with a
headache for days, an occasional cough, and a runny nose now and then. Doing
this last weekend's long run was a bit of a trial. Even running to and
from the bike shop (broken rear spoke), which is only 5K, didn't feel
Upcoming this month is a lot more running for me, Rachel here and there as
usual, a blood pressure check for me (apparently higher blood pressure runs
in the family), Rachel running her first 50 miler of the year (I'll be crewing
for her), and hopefully me getting to go to see Rachel, rather than her coming
here every time we want to see each other.
Anyway, that's December, and a bit of January. Hopefully I'll have more to
say this year. I'll let you know.